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Being There (Criterion Collection)

Being There (Criterion Collection)

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Product Notes

Being There (Criterion Collection) 1979 Blu-ray

In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn’t respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas), who mistakes his new protégé’s mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (The Apartment’s Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) in the 1970s, and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the
  • production team
  • Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby
  • Author Jerzy Kosinksi in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
  • Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC’s Today and The Don Lane Show
  • Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • Deleted scene, outtakes, and an alternate ending
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris"
  • DIRECTOR: Hal Ashby

FEATURES:

  • COMEDY
  • WIDESCREEN
  • COLOR
  • ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1
  • UNCOMPRESSED MONAURAL PCM
  • 130 Minutes
  • LANGUAGES: ENGLISH

RATED: PG

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    Title: Being There (Criterion Collection)
    Genre: Comedy-Contemporary
    Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers
    Director: Hal Ashby
    Attributes: Special Edition, 4K Mastering, Widescreen, Subtitled
    Release Date: 3/21/2017
    Original Year: 1979
    Product Type: Blu-ray
    Rated: PG
    Catalog #: 2744
    UPC: 715515195218
    Item #: 1774184X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 3/21/2017
    Run Time: 130 minutes
    Studio: Criterion